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Folkfest poised to hit all the right notes this weekend

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TOES will be tapping as Folkfest Killarney takes centre stage at the INEC from today and runs until Sunday. The all-star line-up for one of the most exciting festivals this summer has spread ripples of excitement among music lovers throughout Kerry and well beyond.

Because it is headquartered in the comforts of a hotel environment, with its on-site restaurants, bars, gym and accommodation, festival-goers can decamp for the entire weekend, all in the surrounds of the magnificent Kerry lakes and mountains.

The main headliner is Christy Moore, playing his only Irish festival date this year when he performs tomorrow, Saturday, July 9, at the INEC. Christy has a long association with Killarney. “I have played the INEC annually and back in the '80s and '90s I used to play weekly in The Gleneagle and when we come to the Killarney Folk Festival we will have to be at our very best,” said Christy.

“There are lots of exciting new bands playing there, so we need to be on our toes and playing at our best. Some of those rapscallions and whippersnappers will be expecting this old boy to be past it but I’m gonna go for it. I’m not ready to lie down yet! There will be new songs and old songs and songs that ain’t even written yet.”

Among those performing at Killarney for the festival are exciting Irish singer song-writer Marc O’Reilly and Dingle songstress, Pauline Scanlon; Scullion, The Waterboys (who are performing their only Irish gig this year), Little Green Cars, We Banjo 3, Iarla O Lionáird, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Damien Dempsey, the Mick McGoldrick Band with just announced The Young Folk, In The Willows, and Kerry based musicians Karrie O’Sullivan, Seven Glens, Méabh Begley and Matt Griffin, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh and Gerry O’Beirne and Séamus Begley and Friends

RTÉ Radio One is official media partner to The Folkfest Killarney.

For further information, see www.folkfestkillarney.com or call 064-6671555.
 


 
Méabh Begley and Matt Griffin who will perform at Folkfest Killarney.

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Local soprano releases new single

Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single. Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday. ‘Before […]

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Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single.

Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday.

‘Before You Leave Me’ has a Jazz influence. Mary has been writing her own songs since March this year covering several different genres.

“Tony O’Flaherty of Sonas Studios has brought my songs to life and I am delighted with the production on the songs,” Mary told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Fun Urban Orienteering event coming to Killarney town

The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30. Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in […]

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The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.
Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30.

Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in Ireland hope that this year’s event will inspire even more people than previous years and has funded multiple flagship as well as local events run by the Network of Local Sports Partnerships, including this ‘Family Street Orienteering Kerry’ event.

“This free event looks to offer everyone an opportunity the get out and be active and maybe try something new,” Gearóid O Doherty, the Coordinator of Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership said. 

“Urban Orienteering is an activity that you can do on your own or with your family and friends. You get to challenge yourself a little and still go at a pace that suits you – and what a beautiful location to do it all in, Killarney town!

“With many people possibly new to the Kerry region, be that through work, college or otherwise, this is an ideal way to get involved in the community and explore the streets and lanes of Killarney in a fun and active way.”

The Kerry Orienteers Club have designed the courses for this event and are looking forward to the excitement of it all and helping those new to the sport to continue taking part in the months and years that follow.

“We know that, for a lot of people, this will be their first time trying orienteering, but they can rest assured, as we will be there to talk them through it and help them out if needed,” Brendan O’Brien from Kerry Orienteers said.

“If it is something they want to try again, we can signpost them to other events, both locally here in Kerry and indeed nationally. Orienteering is a fantastic sport that allows you to build your skills and confidence, with all events having a variety of routes to cater for all levels.”

To cater for physical distancing and government guidelines, there are several staggered start times for participants to choose from, beginning at 6pm and the last group heading off at 7.30pm. With free t-shirts for all who sign up and additional workshops onsite, from the likes of Leave No Trace Ireland, it is sure to be a fun and vibrant evening, all stemming from the start point at ANAM – Killarney’s Arts and Culture Centre.

Places are limited for this event. Free online registration is available and those looking to attend are encouraged to book their place early to avoid disappointment.

For more information, you can visit any of the Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership social media accounts or go to www.sportireland.ie.

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